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					                                                                20 November 2009


                           MEDIA RELEASE

     ASEAN+JAPAN YOUTHS ON A VOYAGE TO STRENGTHEN
                  REGIONAL RELATIONS


              Over 300 youth leaders from ASEAN countries and Japan will arrive
in Singapore as part of their 53-days journey onboard the ship, Fuji Maru.
During their voyage for the 36th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme
(SSEAYP), these youth leaders have been actively participating in a range of
activities such as discussions on social / youth matters and cultural activities, so
as to foster friendships and strengthen regional youth ties.


2            Singapore is the third port-of-call for the 36th SSEAYP. The stop-
over in Singapore, from 24 to 27 November 2009, will enable these youth
leaders to better understand Singapore through visits to heritage sites (such as
Kampong Glam and our civic districts), homestay with families in the heartlands,
and experiencing the cultural diversity of Singapore.


3             The youth leaders will also perform community service with
beneficiaries from voluntary welfare organisations such as the Muscular
Dystrophy Association of Singapore and Club Rainbow. The youths will be able
to interact with people with special needs and experience what community
service is like in Singapore. More information on SSEAYP is attached in Annex
A.


4           A media conference and tour of Fuji Maru will be held on
24 November 2009 to give an insight into the life of a participant onboard. A
welcome dinner reception will also be held on the same evening, officiated by
the Guest-of-Honour, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office
and Second Minister for Finance and Transport. The local programme is hosted
by the National Youth Council (NYC) with the support of the SSEAYP
International Singapore (SIS).
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5           We cordially invite you and your journalist and photographer /
camera crew to the 36th SSEAYP highlights listed below. Please send your
completed RSVP form attached in Annex B to NYC by Monday, 23 November
2009, 5.00 pm to confirm your attendance for the various events. Due to
stringent security requirements onboard the Fuji Maru, only media
personnel who have confirmed their attendance will be allowed to attend
the press conference.

           a)      Press Conference onboard Fuji Maru

                   Date        :   Tuesday, 24 November 2009

                   Time        :   5.00 pm to 6.00 pm
                                   (NB: Registration is at 4.30 pm)

                   Venue       :   Fuji Maru
                                   (NB: All media to register for media pass at
                                   VivoCity Promenade, near Brotzeit German Bar
                                   and Restaurant, #01-149)

                   Dress Code :    Smart casual

                   Description :   The panelists at the press conference will
                                   provide information on SSEAYP and give
                                   the media an insight into the life of the
                                   participating youths onboard. There will
                                   also be a guided tour around Fuji Maru
                                   after the media conference.

           b)      Welcome Dinner Reception

                   Date        :   Tuesday, 24 November 2009

                   Time        :   7.00 pm to 9.45 pm
                                   (NB: Registration is at 6.45 pm)

                   Venue       :   Sapphire Pavilion, Siloso Beach, Sentosa
                                   (NB: All media to register near the Sentosa Express
                                   Train Ticketing Counters located at Level 3, Lobby
                                   L, Vivo City for complimentary entry into Sentosa)

                   GOH         :   Mrs Lim Hwee Hua
                                   Minister in Prime Minister’s Office,
                                   Second Minister for Finance and Transport
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     Description :   The evening will start off with an opening
                     performance, followed by speeches made
                     by the Ship Administrator and GOH.
                     Expect a colourful night as the youth
                     leaders put up a cultural performance in
                     their national costumes.

     Dress Code :    Smart Casual / National Attire

c)   Community Service with Muscular Dystrophy
     Association of Singapore (MDAS)

     Date        :   Wednesday, 25 November 2009

     Time        :   2.00 pm

     Venue       :   Junction 8 Atrium

     Description :   The youth leaders will be interacting with
                     beneficiaries from the Muscular Dystrophy
                     Association of Singapore. They will be
                     putting up performances and participating
                     in a tele-match together.

     Dress Code :    Casual (Jeans and polo tee)

d)   Send-off Ceremony (For video and photo ops only)

     Date        :   Friday, 27 November 2009

     Time        :   3.00 pm to 4.00 pm

     Venue       :   Vivocity Promenade
                     (NB: All media to register at VivoCity Promenade,
                     near Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant, #01-149)

     Description :   Watch the impressive gang-way cheers
                     from Japan and ASEAN member
                     countries’ contingents and catch the
                     colourful ribbon throwing as the Fuji
                     Maru departs Singapore for her next port-
                     of-call.

                     *The Send-off Ceremony at the Vivocity Promenade
                     will be cancelled in the event of wet weather.

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About the National Youth Council

National Youth Council is the Advocate, Connector and Enabler for Youth.
Together with our partners, NYC develops a vibrant and supportive environment
for youth who are inspired to dream and committed to action to bring about a
future that they want.


This media release is transmitted via telebox by the Corporate Communications
Section of the National Youth Council. The National Youth Council is Part of
the People’s Association Network. For further information, please contact:

                          Media Liaison Officer

                          Norhana Hamdan (Ms)
                          Executive Officer (Corporate Communications)
                          National Youth Council
                          Tel :      6839 9122
                          Hp    :    9711 0277
                          Fax :      6737 2025
                          Email :    Norhana_Hamdan@pa.gov.sg
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                                                                                  Annex A


            SHIP FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN YOUTH PROGRAMME


            The Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) is an
annual programme sponsored by the Japanese Government and supported by the
member-countries of ASEAN. The programme brings together about 300 youths from
ASEAN countries and Japan, providing them with the unique opportunity to interact on
board the SSEAYP ship and at different ports-of-call for 53 days.


              SSEAYP started in January 1974 based on Joint Statements issued
between Japan and the five ASEAN countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined in 1985. Vietnam
participated in the programme in 1996 while Laos and Myanmar participated in 1998.
Cambodia joined the programme in 2000.


           The aim of SSEAYP is to foster friendship and greater understanding
among youths from Japan and ASEAN. It also seeks to broaden their international
outlook.


              A series of activities are lined up for the selected participants. The
programme during voyages includes discussions on social and youth matters, cultural
introductions, sports, recreation and club activities. Activities at each port-of-call
include interaction with the local youths, courtesy calls on dignitaries and institutional
visits, as well as community service and homestay experience.


              The 36th SSEAYP is held from 27 October to 18 December 2009. During
this period, the participants will visit Japan and five of the ten ASEAN countries
namely Philippines (Manila), Malaysia (Port Klang), Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok)
and Brunei Darussalam (Muara). Singapore is sending a contingent of 27 youths and a
National Leader to participate in this year’s programme.


             In Singapore, SSEAYP is co-ordinated by the National Youth Council
(NYC) - the national co-ordinating body for youth and youth sector development in
Singapore, together with the SSEAYP International Singapore (SIS), the Alumni body
of ex-SSEAYP Singapore participants.


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                         36th SHIP FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN YOUTH PROGRAMME 2009

                                             PROGRAMME OVERVIEW


   Day                        Morning                         Afternoon                        Night
  Day 1
   Tues      Arrival of Fuji Maru       Heritage Trail     Press Conference     Welcome Dinner Reception and Viewing
24 Nov ‘09                          (In groups - Kampong Onboard Fuji Maru                of Performances
                                      Glam, Chinatown,
                                      Little India, Civic (5.00 pm – 6.00 pm)            (7.00 pm – 9.45 pm)
                                           District)

                                    (2.00 pm – 3.30 pm)

  Day 2            Briefing on Community Service          Community Service         Home-stay Matching Ceremony
   Wed                                                    (2.00 pm – 6.00 pm)           (7.00 pm – 8.00 pm)
25 Nov ‘09
  Day 3
  Thurs                                                   Home-stay for PYs
26 Nov ‘09
  Day 4                  Homestay for PYs                 Send-off Ceremony
    Fri                                                    Fuji Maru departs
27 Nov ‘09                                                   for Thailand
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                                                                                                                            Annex B


                                                  MEDIA COVERAGE FOR
                                      SHIP FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA YOUTH PROGRAMME
                                                 24 TO 27 NOVEMBER 2009


                                                   MEDIA REGISTRATION FORM

Please fax completed form by Monday, 23 November 2009, 5.00 pm to:

Corporate Communications Section, National Youth Council
Attn                   :    Ms Norhana Hamdan
DID                    :    6839 9122
Fax                    :    6737 2025
Email                  :    Norhana_Hamdan@pa.gov.sg

Media Organisation     :     ___________________________________________________________________________________

Tel   : __________________________         Fax :    _____________________________

                              Event                                  Name, Designation, Contact Details of Representative(s) and
                  (date, time, venue, coverage)                                       MICA Pass / NRIC No.

(a)   Press Conference Onboard Fuji Maru                         Name                  :

      Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 4.30 pm                         Designation           :
      Fuji Maru
      (NB: All media to register for media pass at VivoCity      Mobile / Tel          :
      Promenade, near Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant,
      #01-149)                                                   Email                 :

                                                                 MICA Pass No. / IC :
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                              Event                                    Name, Designation, Contact Details of Representative(s) and
                  (date, time, venue, coverage)                                         MICA Pass / NRIC No.

(b)   Welcome Dinner Reception                                       Name                :

      Tuesday, 24 November 2009, 7.00 pm,                            Designation         :
      Sapphire Pavilion, Siloso Beach (Sentosa)
      (NB: All media to register near the Sentosa Express Train      Mobile / Tel        :
      Ticketing Counters located at Level 3, Lobby L, Vivo City
      for complimentary entry into Sentosa)                          Email               :

      *Please refer to attached map for exact location of Sapphire   MICA Pass No. / IC :
      Pavilion. We regret that there will be no complimentary
      parking provided.

(c)   Community Service with Muscular Dystrophy Association          Name                :
      of Singapore (MDAS)
                                                                     Designation         :
      Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 2.00 pm
      Junction 8 Open Atrium                                         Mobile / Tel        :

                                                                     Email               :

                                                                     MICA Pass No. / IC :

(d)   Send-off Ceremony (For video and photo ops only)               Name                :

      Friday, 27 November 2009, 3.00 pm                              Designation         :
      Vivocity Promenade
      (NB: All media to register at VivoCity Promenade, near         Mobile / Tel        :
      Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant, #01-149)
                                                                     Email               :

                                                                     MICA Pass No. / IC :
                                                    MAP TO BEACH STATION CARPARK AND SAPPHIRE PAVILION FOR                  9
                                         36TH SHIP FOR SOUTHEAST ASIAN YOUTH PROGRAMME WELCOME DINNER RECEPTION




                                                                                     SAPPHIRE
                                                                                     PAVILION




                                                                                                                  BEACH
                                                                                                                  STATION




Important Note:

1.   If you are driving, please register at 6.45 pm near the Sentosa Express Train
     Ticketing Counters located at Level 3, Lobby L, Vivo City for
     complimentary entry into Sentosa.

2.   You can park your vehicle at the Beach Station Car Park. Parking charges
     at S$3.21 (GST inclusive) per entry per day apply. We regret that there will
     be no complimentary parking provided for both Vivo City and in Sentosa.

3.   There will be a shuttle bus to ferry guests from the Beach Station to
     Sapphire Pavilion. The shuttle bus will start operating at 6.40 pm and run
     at 10-minute interval.

				
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